UNESCO European Athletics Young Leaders Community


  • Leap of faith, a pinch of luck and a spark of hope

    Wednesday 25 September 2013

    I’m sure that quite a few you readers followed the live transmission from Buenos Aires a couple of weeks ago where the IOC elected its new president. When Dr. Bach’s name was announced he stood up with a faint of a smile on his face and bowed to former president and to the other members of the IOC. At that moment he became the most powerful decision-maker in the world of sports and his behavior was very formal, humble and dignified.

    What I felt was lacking was genuine passion in his expressions or behavior. Spontaneous ‘yes’, a fist ...

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  • The voice from the UKA/Bristis Athletics YAG!

    Friday 13 September 2013


    I’m Lijana, the elected UKA/British Athletics Youth Advisory Group Chairperson.

    I come from a background involving competing, coaching, officiating and spectating within athletics. I am a level 3 Athletics Coach and am working towards event group specific coaching qualifications.

    From my experience with juniors and Athletics 365 I gained an invaluable place on the England Athletics National Coach Development Programme for Youth Development.

    You will find me officiating at Sportshall events across the country, especially the UK Final as part of the events team. Each Summer I coach and manage on Star: Track schemes. I also volunteer ...

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  • Time stood still, until I stood for something

    Monday 09 September 2013

    I have been a volunteer since the age of 15 when I started to assist my Athletics Coach in school training events. Now at the age of 24, I have seen my volunteering expand from local (with Law & District Athletics Club) to International (with ISCA - the International Sport and Culture Association).

    Over 9 years, I have been involved in many events, coached many children and young people and worked with several coaches, staff and organisations and until now, not fully understood the importance of my volunteering.

    At High School, I was encouraged to volunteer because little staff members had the ...

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